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Our Quietest Advocate? 3 Pro-LGBT Actions From the Military That You Don't Know About

There are 25 comments on the www.huffingtonpost.com story from Nov 19, 2012, titled Our Quietest Advocate? 3 Pro-LGBT Actions From the Military That You Don't Know About. In it, www.huffingtonpost.com reports that:

Yesterday, via OutServe Magazine , I reported on the biggest change to military HIV policy since mass testing went into effect in 1980.

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Since: Mar 09

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#21 Nov 21, 2012
nhjeff wrote:
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I am sympathetic to your argument. But I don't believe you addressed mine, which is based on statistical chance.
It seems to me you're playing the same game as those who have unprotected sex with partners they believe to be HIV- without knowing. They feel secure because they don't know. Is it possible that it's better to know that there are soldiers presenting a minimized level of risk, rather than to pretend that there aren't any soldiers presenting a very high level of risk?
Not really. I'm introducing a consideration that I feel should eliminate HIV+ personnel from combat or forward duty. There's LOTS of jobs needed where the likelihood of severe trauma and fluid exchange is minimal and risks to medical personnel is likewise minimal. Each combat person requires 20-25 other persons doing other jobs so the forward units can be there.

I think that all military personnel should be tested regularly for HIV infection, and if found to be positive reassigned to rear duties.

Since: Mar 09

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#22 Nov 21, 2012
Rick in Kansas wrote:
<quoted text>Until the most recent change in the regulations, those who tested positive could not even qualify for an overseas posting, even with the changes made they will still be barred from combat.
Good to know that somebody's thinking. Though overseas posting was always considered to be potentially a combat environment, it was less so for a while after the Wall came down, and is becoming moreso again for other reasons.

“Together for 24, legal for 5”

Since: Sep 07

Littleton, NH

#23 Nov 22, 2012
snyper wrote:
I think that all military personnel should be tested regularly for HIV infection, and if found to be positive reassigned to rear duties.
Well, regular testing is part of the solution either way, isn't it? I'm not sure that happens now. I suppose the military can require any test they want. It looks like HIV testing may become part of regular physicals for civilians, now. But I don't think annual testing would be sufficient for combat troops.

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#25 Nov 23, 2012
nhjeff wrote:
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Well, regular testing is part of the solution either way, isn't it? I'm not sure that happens now. I suppose the military can require any test they want. It looks like HIV testing may become part of regular physicals for civilians, now. But I don't think annual testing would be sufficient for combat troops.
That would entirely depend upon locality.

“ WOOF ! ”

Since: Nov 12

Coolidge, AZ

#26 Nov 23, 2012
snyper wrote:
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Chronic AND contagious is the operative concept.
Off the top of my head, Tuberculosis.
Psittacosis.
Leprosy.
others?
Poliomyelitis.
Multiple Sclerosis
Parkinson's
Huntinton's
Epilepsy.
Narcolepsy.
Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Acromegaly.
Dwarfism.
I think that chronic and contagious is what matters.
Combat injuries and their treatment do not occur in safe ERs.
I'm just thinking about the medics and corpsmen.
I'll take Leprosy for $300, Alex !

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